We may not always think about the quality of the air we breathe, especially when there are so many other things on our lists to think about. But when someone in your household has allergies, is consistently getting sick, or if you have pets in the home, it may be on your mind more often. While there’s not much an individual household can do to clean up the air outside, there are plenty of things, both big and small, that can help clean up the air inside, making life easier and healthier!
The AC technicians at Modern Services strive to be more than experts at air conditioning maintenance and repair, we strive to improve the quality of life for our customers, whether that’s through installing a new system or educating customers on how to improve the air quality in their home. The good thing is that with a freshly maintained or repaired system, the air quality often increases as well. If it’s been a year or two since your last maintenance checkup, get in touch with the team at Modern Services today. We provide AC maintenance and more throughout the Western Florida region and we’ll be happy to take a look at how your system can function more efficiently and how your air can be cleaner.
What is Polluting Your Air?
Before you can fully understand how to improve indoor air quality, it’s important to understand where pollutants are coming from. Here are a few of the biggest causes of indoor air pollution:
- Household cleaning chemicals and paints
- Fragrances, perfumes, and deodorizers
- Dry cleaned clothes
- Tobacco smoke
- Mold, bacteria, viruses, pollen, and dust mites
- Pet dander
- Candles with paraffin wax
- Particles and gases from copier, printer, and craft materials
- Radon gas from kitchen countertop, attic, and basement
- Gases emitted from a wood-burning stove, water heater, and dryer.
As you can tell, pollutants come from a wide range of places, making it difficult to keep your air clean. But even doing a few things can work to improve air quality and make living in your home safer and healthier.
Keeping Your Indoor Air Clean With 9 Simple Tips
Keep the Floors Clean
Whether you have wood, vinyl, tile, carpet, or all of the above in your home, an important step in improving air quality is to keep the floors as clean as possible. The team at Modern Services understands that cleaning the floors isn’t always a priority, but it can be surprising just how much dust and other debris can accumulate on the floors and get into the air we breathe.
Test for Radon
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that is naturally emitted from the soil and is one the leading causes of cancer in the U.S. In older or drafty homes, or houses without a basement, radon can slowly seep up through the ground and into the house. Granite countertops have also been linked to radon gas, but the levels may not be high enough to cause cancer.
Keep the Indoors Smoke-Free
If anyone in your household smokes, or you have guests over, have them smoke outside. Tobacco smoke and particles can accumulate in furniture, clothing, drapery, and carpet, eventually reducing the air quality. Second-hand smoke can also be a significant risk of asthma, cancer, and other health risks.
Air conditioning maintenance is essential when you want to keep your home’s air clean. Because the system is constantly moving air in and out of the home, a lot of stress is put on the system’s air filter. The filter traps any particles that come in from the outside and prevents them from getting into your home. When the filter is clogged with dust, pet dander, pollen, and more, it reduces the efficiency of the unit and also increases the chance of those particles getting into your home’s air. An air conditioning filter should be changed at least every three months, but it also depends on the quality of the filter, how often the system is running, if you have pets, and other factors. If it’s time for an air conditioning maintenance appointment, get in touch with the team at Modern Services. We’ll make sure your entire system is clean and working efficiently.
Grow Indoor Plants
Not only are houseplants nice to look at, but they’re also a natural way of improving the air quality. Plants will help remove toxins as well as provide additional oxygen in the home. If you’re looking for some houseplants that are especially good at improving air quality, look for Bamboo Palm, English Ivy, Red Edged Dracaena, Gerbera Daisy, and Warneckii Dracaena. These plants are fairly easy to maintain and add a beautiful aesthetic to any space.
Keep Furniture Clean
Just like the flooring in your home, your furniture is another place pollutants can hide. If you have upholstered sofas, loveseats, or chairs, be sure to have them professionally cleaned around once a year. In between professional cleanings, you can also give them a good vacuuming every month or so. Doing this will pick up dust, pet dander, and more and prevent the particles from being kicked up into the air. And while you’re at it, taking down any drapery and having them cleaned is also a good way of keeping the air clean.
Keep Dirty Shoes Contained
After a trip to the beach or after a hike in Babcock Ranch Preserve, there’s no doubt that your shoes have built up a collection of sand, dirt, and even pebbles. To prevent these pollutants from being tracked into your house, make it a habit for everyone in the house to take off their shoes in the entryway or mudroom, and for really dirty shoes, take them off outside until bigger chunks can be cleaned off. This is especially important when there is carpeting directly inside the home that will trap dust and debris.
Ductwork throughout your home is what carries cool air from the AC unit into your home. When the ducts are dirty, the pollutants will be picked up by the air and blown into your home. Over time, the duct system can accumulate dirt, grime, and more, decreasing the air quality in your house. At Modern Services, our team has over 50 years of experience and has the specialized equipment necessary to make sure that the job is done right.
Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
The air freshener that you spray on your furniture, bleach that you use to clean the kitchen and bathroom, floor cleaner, window cleaner, even your own personal perfumes can contain dangerous chemicals that are bad for air quality. Even though cleaning is an essential part of maintaining a healthy home with clean air, the products you use can add to the pollutants. When possible, use products that are chemical-free and won’t leave behind toxic particles. There are a variety of brands available at supermarkets, or make your own with hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, your favorite essential oil, and water.
Modern Services has two locations in Fort Myers and Venice, but provides commercial and residential services throughout Western Florida. If you are struggling with allergies or are getting sick more frequently, it may have to do with the quality of air in your home. Schedule an air conditioning maintenance appointment and our technicians will thoroughly clean the system and replace the air filter. Contact us today!